Day in history for April 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Hon. H.M. Mead, judge of the 10th judicial district circuit, will preside at the coming session of the circuit court for this county commencing on Monday next. We perceive that by the press in his circuit, as elsewhere, he is spoken of as a prompt, learned and impartial judge.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The two lodges of the Odd Fellows in Rock Island celebrated the anniversary of the order's establishment. Henry Burgower was chairman and David Hawes and Oliver Olson were the speakers.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A.D. Sperry was awarded a gold watch fob for winning the finals in a shooting contest with Phil Mitchell, James Darnell and B.D. Connelly at the Elm Street range.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Completion of the negotiations with the McCabe estate to build an addition to the Como Hotel, Rock Island, and remodel a portion of the present building as the location for a large cafeteria, was announced by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Johnson, who will operate the new place of business.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Ira E. Albrecht of the Albrecht Insurance Agency, 307 Union Arcade, Davenport, has been appointed treasurer of the 1953 Scott County Cancer crusade.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dave Hoover, East Moline, and Larry Thornburg, Moline, received Outstanding Member Awards for their contributions to the Student Representative Assembly at the Quad-Cities Campus of Black Hawk College.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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